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For child-care centers and preschools, accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children sets them apart from the country's multitude of other early- childhood programs. For parents, choosing an accredited center provides some level of assurance that their child is in a safe and nurturing environment.
Frustrated over how much work it took to find substitute teachers, the superintendent of schools in Gulfport, Miss., asked the local manager of a temporary-staffing agency if she had ever considered getting into the business of supplying them. She had not, but she soon saw the potential.
States and districts could create more successful schools by changing who makes the rules, a national panel asserts in a report being released this week by the Education Commission of the States.
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The election of Democrat John F. Street to succeed Edward G. Rendell as the mayor of Philadelphia was among the most significant education-related elections around the country last week.
  • Halloween Take Earns 'A' and (D)etention, Too
  • Too Religious for 1st Grade?
  • Principal's Past Missed
  • School Told To Teach Evolution
  • Children Hurt at School Party
  • Student Sues Over Armband
  • Children Hurt at School Party
  • Ky. District Back in Charge
  • Alleged Plot Investigated
As voters across the country went to the polls last week, residents of the Connellsville Area School District in southwest Pennsylvania who planned to vote in the local school board election had to stay home.
The leadership stalemate in the Los Angeles Unified School District came to an abrupt close late last week, when the school board voted unanimously to end Superintendent Ruben Zacarias' tenure and fill the post temporarily with former New York City Schools Chancellor Ramon C. Cortines.
The budget crunch in rural Idaho schools isn't just something lawmakers banter about 200 miles away in the Statehouse in Boise. It's a real, dollar-by-dollar fight for schools' lives. Part two in a series.
A Wisconsin school district filed suit last week in a move to prevent state Superintendent John T. Benson from overriding its decision to expel a 16-year-old boy who had made a bomb threat.
Sometimes a game is just a game, but for one Alabama town whose high school was leveled by a tornado last year, the football team's success is a testimonial to the community's determination to carry on.
As state testing programs take hold throughout the country, schools and districts must establish clear and multiple measures for regularly assessing student achievement, according to suggested guidelines released last week.
  • Caperton Outlines Expansive Vision for College Board
Voters may put education at the top of their list of concerns, as poll after poll shows, but how that plays out based on last week's state elections is a tricky business.
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For the second time this decade, Rhode Island has been called to court to defend the way it dispenses school aid. But this time around, the challenge has come from a very different set of litigants.
With some Granite State districts threatening to shut down schools within weeks, the New Hampshire legislature approved a stopgap measure last week to finance schools for four more years.
  • Mass. Board Gives Principals Authority
    Over Teachers' Professional Development
  • No Accountability Deal in Delaware
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The Heritage Foundation, the 26-year-old incubator of conservative thought, has expanded its involvement in federal education policy. It now names education as one of its top five priorities and is aggressively seeking to leave its mark on the Elementary and Secondary Education Act reauthorization that is being considered by Congress this session.
Seemingly insurmountable differences on gun control have kept members of the House and the Senate from fulfilling their mission to pass a new juvenile-crime bill this year—and some youth advocates say young people may be better off for it.
  • Clinton Vetoes Spending Measure
    For Education, Labor, and Health
  • USAC Makes E-Rate Funding Promise
  • Goodling Unveils Family-Literacy Bill
  • Bush Highlights School Safety Agenda
Two House Republicans have asked the General Accounting Office to investigate their allegations that the Department of Education has operated a "slush fund" since 1993 and may have misspent hundreds of millions of dollars.
The Jefferson Parish, La., school district has been lending materials to religious schools for decades. Now the practice is facing Judgement Day in court.
To assure that school reform rebuilds the social contract and enables the public schools to regain public confidence and affection as central instruments in a healthy democracy, we must continue the work of the last 15 years, and especially of the last five, argues Raymond F. Bacchetti.
Jennifer Gerdes Borek--parent, teacher, and minimalist--believes that selling tins of chocolate caramels and boxes of cookies does not make a significant difference in improving the quality of her children's education.
Mike Rose posits a range of values that would offer an unexpected contribution to our national lamentation over young people's loss of values.
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FOUNDATION SUPPORT: Coverage of specific topics in Education Week is supported in part by grants from the Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the CME Group Foundation, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, the Joyce Foundation, the NoVo Foundation, the Noyce Foundation, the Raikes Foundation, the Wallace Foundation, and the Walton Family Foundation. The newspaper retains sole editorial control over the content of the articles that are underwritten by the foundations. Additional grants in support of Editorial Projects in Education’s data journalism and video capacity come from the Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust and the Schott Foundation for Public Education. (Updated 1/1/2017)

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